- Title: Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads
- Author: Nick Hayes
- ISBN: 9781419719455
- Page: 292
- Format: Hardcover
Using the sepia tones of the Dust Bowl as his palette, author and artist Nick Hayes tells the story of world famous folkie Woody Guthrie 1912 1967 , starting in the 1920s when Guthrie was a teenager supporting himself in dried up, post boomtown Oklahoma Picking up a harmonica and eventually a battered guitar, Guthrie finds solace in the ancient lineage of folksong HayesUsing the sepia tones of the Dust Bowl as his pal ette, author and artist Nick Hayes tells the story of world famous folkie Woody Guthrie 1912 1967 , starting in the 1920s when Guthrie was a teenager supporting himself in dried up, post boomtown Oklahoma Picking up a harmonica and eventually a battered guitar, Guthrie finds solace in the ancient lineage of folksong Hayes charts the musician s course from Oklahoma and Texas towns ravaged by dust and the Depression to boxcars, factory farms, and the migrant camps of California, highlighting Guthrie s dedication to singing American folk tunes and creating his own modern classics along the way Hayes ends his portrait in 1940, at the pivotal time when Guthrie makes his way to New York and writes This Land Is Your Land, his iconic anthem tinged with both clear eyed reality and optimism.
Recent Comments "Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads"
I’m generally not all that much into folk music (where are the synthesizers?) and tend to avoid biographies (don’t trust ‘em), so it took an enthusiastic 5-star review by my good friend David Schaafsma for me to pick up Nick Hayes’ 272-page comic-book biography of American folk music icon Woody Guthrie. And as you can see from my rating, I couldn't be happier that I did (thanks, David!). Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads turned out to be both less and so much more than what I expec [...]
I received this book as a giveaway.With its beautiful cover and stellar artwork, I immediately fell in love with Woody Guthrie and the Dustbowl Ballads. The illustrations, created in sepia tones, reflect the overall somber tone of this graphic novel. The writing was vividly descriptive, and I liked the use of the authentic vernacular.Having known little of Guthrie's personal history, this fictionalized biography was an education. Hayes chronicles the formative years of Woody's childhood through [...]
Nick Hayes’s Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads has to be one of the best graphic novels of the year. It’s on my list, for sure. Hayes calls it a fictionalized biography. It’s more a lyrical tribute than a biography, though as I am familiar with the story, and the history, that part of it is well done. I never think graphic biographies work very well; too much to tell, too much exposition, but this one works because of its lyricality. It doesn’t try to do too much. It doesn’t get [...]
This was very good, possibly one of the best comic book biographies I've ever read. How is it that an Englishman (Hayes) is so perfectly able to capture 1930's Oklahoma and California anyway? The book tells the tale of Guthrie's boyhood up through about the time that "This Land Is Your Land" was written. The artwork has a woodcut look to it that works well with the material, and language is just poetic enough to be arresting without being corny about it. This is some amazing work, and I will mos [...]
The art is gorgeous and the subject matter something that interests me, but I simply couldn't appreciate or enter the world of the book. I almost gave it a one or a two, there was a certain misogyny in the opening that gave me the creeps, and, as I said, I couldn't delve into the world of it. But because the art is so wonderful I decided on a three.
While I would not call this book flawless, I did appreciate this potentially biographical glimpse into part of Woody Guthrie's life.But the over-all message, the message, (!)that is what we all need to hear.
It is my firm belief everyone should be a fan or familiar with voice of the Great Depression and people’s troubadour, Woody Guthrie. If you only know him by his ballad This Land is Your Land, America’s unofficial national anthem, I implore you-discover his other works. A quick and easy way is Nick Hayes’ beautiful graphic novel. Dirty sepia colored illustrations will transport you to his Dust Bowl Ballads era and the poverty and human struggle during the great depression. It is hard not to [...]
This was truly beautifully written and drawn graphic. novel about one of my favorite communists. Really, this is historical sociology, to a point. If you know anything about Guthrie then you know the story of him traveling the country endlessly (a la Kerouac before Kerouac was doing it) and the whole back story to This Land Is Your Land. That story is also here, but Hayes digs deeper and really gets to the heart of Guthrie's experience leading up to the point where he started working with Pete S [...]
graphic account of Guthrie's life (with some artistic liberties) leading up to his writing the Dust Bowl ballads, along with quite a bit of history. I liked the sepia-toned illustrations (even though I had trouble figuring out which panel to read next?) and am a fan of Guthrie's music and his hoboing back-story, but found some of the history bits and dream sequences a little too rambly for a graphic novel.
The only graphic novel I have read, and this one is first class. Knowing my liking of Woody Guthrie as an artist my son kindly bought me this book for Christmas. So glad he did.
I enjoyed this fictionalized biography, but I wish it came with a CD of Woody Guthrie music.
I am not usually a reader of graphic novels, but man oh man, this one is a dazzling work of art. Yes, this has been my Woody Guthrie summer. Fascinated with his life story, this novel I think would appeal to many.It ends with the writing of This land is your Land and avoids the years of tragic decline.
Well, add this into the collection of graphic novels that tell some realistic history and a great tale all in one. This doesn't tell all of Woody's life (Joe Klein's _Woody Guthrie_ is about as good and as comprehensive as you get for that), but the elements of his life were well chosen and the images bring it into view. Very well done for all ages middle school and up, for sure.
An absolutely fantastic book; beautiful illustrations, and written like poetry. Tells the tale of Woody Guthrie's life, and of 1920s america; the dust bowl, migrant camps and poverty amid plenty. Yet it doesn't read like history, but is full of references and connotations of the world today.
The woodcut-like drawings fit the tone of the book and really helped evoke the feelings of the time quite well. How much of the storyline is fictionalized, I have no idea. I never knew any of this about Woody Guthrie, if it is true, he led a very different life than I had imagined.
This is an extraordinary book. Beautiful, poetic, telling the story of Woody Guthrie that shows him alive and various, not sainted. It's also absolutely right to tell the story through words and images. Great storytelling, great art.
A graphic novel of the rise of Woody Guthrie, the novel often manages to create a hallucinogenic depiction of the ability of music to transport us into its world.
3.5 stars. Gorgeously illustrated and lettered, but I don't know if this is a book for people who don't already love Woody Guthrie.
A compelling fictionalized graphic biography with affecting sepia tone illustrations.
elegant drawings and crisp writing. Excellent book.
I loved the graphic style of this book, weaving narrative with lyric and image in ways that let us feel the music and the misery.
Superb. The words are pure poetry, the artwork is an absolute delight, and the story is informative and emotional. Highly recommended for lovers of American folk music, social history, or unusual comics books.
i was and am a huge fan of nick haye's "Rime of the Modern Mariner". I know next to nothing about Woody Guthrie other than his influence on Bob Dylan and about two songs. one of which (his most famouse , probbaly) is the destination of this fantastic tale. I am also only vaguely aware of facts about the great depression in america (i only learnt about hooverville because of an episode of dr. who)this is a huge tome with each hand drawn and lettered page brimming full of brilliant artwork and evo [...]
Absolutely stunning book, although the artwork style can be playful and vivid, the overall tone of the book is serious and thoughtful. The writing can seem a little hollow and the characters not fully fleshed out however it can probably be attributed to the nature of the tale and its non-fictionness, this also adds to the solemn nature of the tale as Guthrie was for some time isolated.To summarize it is an absolutely stunning coffee table book, but with a thought provoking, interesting and solem [...]
The artwork in this graphic novel is spectacular! I found myself looking at the pictures first and then going back and reading it. I'd like to pair this book with others about the Dust Bowl like Karen Hesse'sOut of the Dustand a biography of Dorothea Lange. I know my students wouldn't just pick it up, but with some introduction and book talking, I think they'd enjoy getting more information behind the man and the song.
I am not much of a reader of "graphic novels" but coincidentally picked up two at the library yesterday, thinking that both were conventional biographies. (The other was "Becoming Andy Warhol"). Woody Guthrie is one of my heroes and Nick Hayes sprawling account of his early life captures the unique, playful quality of his voice and the intensity of his love for humanity.
The back of this says it's a fictionalized biography, but I wish I knew which bits were true and which were imagined. For the most part, I enjoyed this, but I got tripped up on some factual details (Which year are we in now? How old is Woody supposed to be in this scene?) and that detracted from my reading experience. A map and a timeline would have been helpful. -Sarah
This is a delightful graphic novel about the life of Woody Guthrie. The graphics are sepia-toned, and look like block prints, which seems very well suited to the times. Without getting too deep, it does not gloss over the circumstances of his life, but serves instead to create a mood and feeling.
This book was awesome! The sepia color to the entire novel was brilliantly executed and really set the tone for the story. The dialog made the characters come alive and jump off the page and the ending will stay with me forever.
If this fictionalized interpretation of Woody Guthrie has any truth to it, then Woody Guthrie was an ass who I would have hated. It doesn't take away from the power of his music, but it certainly takes away from the power of this book. Reading this book was a dreary, unrewarding chore.
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